Book Review: Once Bitten

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Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When I first started reading this book, I really thought I was going to have to stop reading it simply because it felt like it was going to read like every other supernatural romance novel out there. Instead, it took an interesting turn, and the momentum started to build.

The characters were amazing. Well, the main ones were: Arys, Alexi, and Shaz. A couple of the background werewolves were very well-rounded, but other than Kale and Jez, most of the beings she worked with fell flat. Veryl really didn’t stand out, and Lilah had one cameo appearance. Even Raoul, who was supposed to be the suspect in the novel, didn’t stand out all that much to me. Other than him being a self-centered pig, he blended right in with the rest of the background characters for me.

But the overall story will bring you in. It starts out slow, but it builds and builds until it’s like a snowball rolling down the hill at you. You can’t help but get caught up in it.

What I can say is that if you can overlook some of the flatter characters in this novel, they do round out in the following novels of the series, which is a must read. I’m already up to Book 6!

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New Release: The Daily Prompt 2018

The Daily Prompt 2018 - J. C. Cauthon #writingprompts #writing #inspirationDo you have days where you feel like your written words are struggling to break the surface?

Do you sit down, wanting to write, but find that the words won’t come?

The Daily Prompt 2018 is a collection of writing prompts designed specifically to help you get words on the page.  Each prompt is inspirational in its own way, and with a prompt for each day of the year, you are certain to find something to write every day.

Use these prompts to break the damn that is holding back your words and get yourself in the habit of writing every single day.

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Book Review: Jenny Pox

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Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

It took me a while to get through this book, and it’s not because it’s poorly written or boring. It’s anything but. The storyline is great, and fantastical. And it’s very well done. What kept me from reading this quickly was the antagonist.

Jenny and Seth were very well-rounded. They had their good, they had their bad, and you got to see it all. Ashleigh was just a flat witch. She may have come across as good to all the other people in the book, but as a reader, she was just wicked to the core, which is what she was supposed to be. But after reading half the book and having to force myself through her sappy “I’m so perfect” drivel while her thoughts were the exact opposite of everything she did and said, I had to take breaks regularly.

I think that if Ashleigh had had even one redeeming quality, the book would have been better for me, but alas, she didn’t, so I had to be happy with the parts that involved Jenny and Seth.

Overall, the plot and history behind the story were very good and very creative and most of the characters were quality characters. I would suggest this read to others, but I would tell them to push themselves through Ashleigh’s part because the rest of the book is worth it.

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Do you sit down, wanting to write, but find that the words don’t come?

The Daily Prompt 2017 is a collection of writing prompts designed specifically to help you get words on the page.  Each prompt is inspirational in its own way, and with a prompt for each day of the year, you are certain to find something to write every day.

Use these prompts to break the dam that is holding back your words and get yourself in the habit of writing every single day.

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Book Review: Dream Student

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Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This was a book that I wanted to love. It had a good concept behind it, and the story was compelling. However, I still find that it was not my cup of tea, so to speak.

It was written in a tense that I am not used to reading in, and it is not a tense that I would have chosen to read in if I had known before I purchased the book. It’s written in first person, present tense, and it’s written almost like a diary.

Also, there were way too many characters introduced. The main characters were easy enough to keep up with, but they were dry and almost two-dimensional. I never knew enough about them to really want to stay interested in them, and when the writer added more characters on top of that, it became very confusing. Between her house-mates and Brian’s house-mates, all the names began to blur together about halfway through the book.

The book did get stronger, however–the writing tighter towards the last two-thirds of the novel. The pace never picked up enough for me, but the story was a good read.

I put the sequel on my to-read list because I want to continue with the story.

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